Man accused of stealing tabernacle from Albuquerque Catholic church

Ian Chang
Ian Chang

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man is behind bars accused of taking something very important from an Albuquerque Catholic church.

Church of Ascension tabernacle
Church of Ascension tabernacle

According to the criminal complaint, detectives went to Ian Chang’s house to talk to him about another case. That’s when he admitted to them he helped break into the Church of Ascension in the South Valley and took the tabernacle.

The tabernacle holds the Blessed Sacrament the Catholics believe is the Body of Christ.

Chang then led police to the East Mountains where he said he threw the tabernacle under a tree because he thought it was made of gold, but it is not.

The tabernacle was found.

Police arrested Chang and charged him with burglary, as well as being a felon with a gun. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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